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Part of the Humanities Cultural Programme, one of the founding stones for the 

future Stephen A. Schwarzman Centre for the Humanities



Saturday 28 May 2022 - Viewing

Sunday 29 May 2022 - Special event with guest speakers & live reading. 


Tickets: Tickets are free of charge, but booking is required. Register here.


This exhibition is part of the series A History of Ordinary People in Africa (HOPIA), a cultural heritage project undertaken by the Oxford University Africa Society in partnership with Fusion Arts Oxford and funded by TORCH as part of the Humanities Cultural Programme, and the Oxford African Studies Centre.

The Pathfinders, Enablers, and Matriarchs whose histories take central stage in this exhibition are but a handful of a myriad of women from various ethnic and cultural backgrounds who not only managed to carve a space for themselves amidst turbulent circumstances but also provided a nurturing environment for their descendants to thrive.

Family histories like 'Flourishing after the Drought' and 'The Girl from Pepease' take us behind the curtains of the lived experiences of women assuming multiple roles as mothers, mentors, breadwinners, small scale traders, and community leaders. What these family histories unveil are touching accounts of personal sacrifices, resilience, hopes and aspirations of everyday Ghanaian women.  We invite you to navigate this space to discover and reflect on true stories of Women and Societal Change, Women and Heritage and Women, Family and Entrepreneurship told by the very people whose lives they positively impacted. Join us in spotlighting, hailing, and celebrating the extraordinary lives of ordinary women in Ghana.